A hole in the International Space Station was discovered on August 29th when astronauts on the ISS awoke to discover that a leak somewhere on board was causing the space station to lose oxygen. The six people on board raced against time to find the source before they ran out of air, and luckily, they were able to. The source of the leak was a hole that was originally thought to have been caused by the impact of a tiny meteor on the station, but further investigation by a special commission from the Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos found that the hole was made from the inside, and not the outside. This finding ruled out any impacts from space debris and opened the table to discussion of sabotage either on Earth or by someone in orbit. This theory at first seemed farfetched, but then drill traces near the hole were found. Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos, also ruled out the possibility of a manufacturing defect. This is when the investigation to reveal the culprit began and tensions increased.
The Russians are blaming the NASA crew members for the leak, affecting the relationship between NASA and Roscosmos. The statement released by NASA on the findings by Roscosmos, “This conclusion does not necessarily mean the hole was created intentionally or with mal-intent,” has only brought more suspicion upon them as it seems that maybe it was a NASA crew member who did it! Despite this, NASA and Roscosmos are still working together to investigate the cause of the leak, and we can only hope that the truth won’t negatively affect Russia-US cooperation on the ISS.

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